gla1ve steps down from Astralis lineup

Gijs Verhoeff
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Illustration by NovaH. Source: Photo of gla1ve from Dreamhack by Adela Sznajder. Icon from Smashicons.

In an unexpected turn of events, Astralis in game leader, gla1ve, announced through a TwitLonger post that he has handed in a sick note and will be taking a 3 month break. The Danish smoke abuser states that the reason he's taking a step away from the star studded roster, is because his Doctor has suggested he needs a break to recuperate from symptoms of stress and burnout.

We touched on the same topic in our last edition, when we talked about JUGi's addition to the team. The latter has already replaced gla1ve in the starting lineup, as es3tag remains on contract with Heroic for some time yet. We're still trying to find out how this is all part of FNS' plan though.

With gla1ve out and JUGi in, Magisk has taken over as in-game leader. Astralis later confirmed that he had been calling during practice for some time already. He managed to bring the magi(s)c during all of their matches in DreamHack Masters Spring, delivering wins for his boys against you know, those other Danish teams, Heroic and North.

We think player burn-out is going to be an important point in professional Counter-Strike this year, as mental health becomes a less taboo subject. The CSPPA has already indicated that they will be doing more research and supporting players in this field.

May 21, 2020

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